Relatives aren't lost -- they're in many records Research: There are several ways to get help in tracing ancestors and relatives.

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Denmark the last two weeks of August. We have lost contact with his relatives who are still living there. Can you suggest a way to get in touch?

Some of the family moved to the United States two generations ago and the rest stayed behind near the town of Hobro on the Jutland Peninsula.

The Danish Tourist Board, 655 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017, (212) 949-2333 or fax (212)983-5260, has a fact sheet, "Tracing Your Danish Ancestors and Relatives," that may prove helpful. In researching an ancestor, you need the original form of his name; his age and preferably date of birth, and his birthplace or, failing that, the town or parish that was his last permanent address.

The Danish Emigration Archives, Arkivstraede 1 or Post Office Box 1731, 9100 Aalborg, has a computerized database on all Danes who bought tickets to go overseas from 1868 to 1904. Similar records cover the years up to 1940, but they have not yet been computerized.

The archives also holds large collections of letters, books and newspapers relating to emigration history.

Many emigrants who left from Aalborg from the 1860s to the 1890s were even photographed, according to the director of the archives, Henning Bender, and the organization has the photographs in a database.

Where northern Jutland (including Hobro) specifically is concerned, Bender says he has censuses from 1787 to 1911 and birth records.

The archives will also refer people to private genealogists and local and regional archives that can assist them in placing advertisements in local newspapers.

People researching their relatives may write to the archives, telephone (45-98) 125793, fax (45-98) 102248 or send e-mail to It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. (Denmark is six hours ahead of the United States.)

Another possible source of information is the Mormons' Family History Library in Salt Lake Cityand the church's nationwide Family History Centers. The Mormons, because of their belief in the eternal nature of the family, collect genealogical data from around the world, including Denmark.

The church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has 2 million reels of microfilmed genealogical records in the library, most dating from 1550 to 1920, plus microfiche and books. Only a small portion concerns Mormons, according to the church.

Although the library staff will not do research for the public, it will answer questions in writing to the library at 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; or fax (801) 240-1584. The staff can also refer you to a genealogist.

The network of some 1,800 Family History Centers around the United States, offers more people access to the library. (In Maryland, Family Life Centers are in Baltimore, Annapolis, Lutherville, Ellicott City, Gaithersburg, Suitland and Kensington. Check the phone book for the nearest one.)

Most of the microfilm and microfiche in the library in Salt Lake City can be ordered and viewed at one of the local centers for a modest postal and handling fee; the center in New York charges $3.25 for each film. It ordinarily takes 10 days to two weeks to process such an order. Photocopies can be ordered for 25 cents a page.

There is no charge for the use of library records or services, except for photocopies and postage costs, but the library asks that, in return, users share family information.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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